With just two weeks left in the regular season, the only certainty surrounding the field for the upcoming FCIAC boys basketball playoffs is uncertainty.
Through Tuesday night’s games, no team had clinched one of the eight conference post-seasons berths, while at least 10 teams still retained legitimate chances of qualifying.
Two of the teams vying for playoff spots meet Friday night at the Zeoli Field House, as Wilton hosts Brien McMahon at 7 p.m. in a game broadcast live in streaming HD on HAN.Network. Or in the video player below:
Going into Thursday’s game with Trumbull, Wilton (9-4 overall) is atop the FCIAC East Division standings with a 6-3 conference record. The Warriors hold a half-game lead over Fairfield Warde and McMahon, which are both 7-5 in the FCIAC following Warde’s 66-63 overtime win over McMahon on Tuesday.
After winning six of its first seven games, Wilton has cooled off a bit, going 3-3 over its last six games. Junior swingman Jack Williams — the only returning starter from last year — continues to lead the Warriors; he averages 17.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game and has hit 25 three-pointers.
Williams has had plenty of support, with different teammates taking star turns. That group includes senior forward James Maloney (6.8 points, 7.0 rebounds per game) and junior guards Matt Kronenberg (13.6 ppg) and Drew Connolly (11.2 ppg).
Regarded as one of the two preseason FCIAC favorites (along with Danbury), McMahon began the year with eight consecutive victories. But the Senators are just 3-5 since then, including Tuesday’s OT setback to Warde.
In senior guard Jahmerikah Green-Younger, McMahon has arguably the conference’s most explosive scorer. The Senators, however, have not found reliable deputies for Green-Younger, and that lack of balance has plagued the team. McMahon has also been wildly inconsistent at times, playing superbly one quarter and sloppily the next.
Wilton will look to contain Green-Younger and force his teammates to step up; McMahon, meanwhile, will try to limit Williams and Wilton’s other three-point threats from beyond the arc. And whichever team wins will move much closer to locking down a spot in the conference playoffs.
How to watch
The HAN Network live broadcast of the game can be seen on our homepage, HAN.Network, and on affiliate websites including FCIAC.net. The stream usually begin 10 minutes before the event is scheduled to begin. Rob Adams and crew join you five minutes before the contest begins. Keep in mind that start times are subject to change (teams often share venues and schedules can fall behind). Keep an eye on our Twitter feed for the latest updates.
Upcoming games and more
The HAN Network’s winter season schedule includes many FCIAC teams in boys and girls ice hockey, boys and girls basketball and wrestling. Some facility restraints have prevented us from covering swimming and gymnastics so far this season. We’ll also be covering much of the FCIAC postseason playoffs and most championships.
Our FCIAC Championships coverage continues with our third championship meet this winter: the FCIAC wrestling finals. Next week brings some live boys ice hockey as we near the end of the season and get ready for the playoffs. Check out the complete broadcast schedule here.
The HAN Network, formerly known as Hersam Acorn Newspapers, is the exclusive FCIAC broadcast partner through the spring of 2018. HAN Network’s broadcasting division replaced HANRadio.com with a new focus on live video streams of high school athletics along with the Network’s news and lifestyle programming.
Along with Connecticut high school sports contests, HAN broadcasts a daily news program, Coffee Break, focusing on southwestern Connecticut at 11 a.m. and a sports talk show, Nutmeg Sports, Monday-Wednesday. You can watch all the shows at live.HAN.Network or on demand at live.HAN.Network/han-on-demand/.